Approximately half of Americans 30 or older have periodontitis, or gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. At Grace Dental Group, Woo Young Lee, DDS, offers periodontics to patients in San Francisco, California, allowing them to preserve their gums, and their overall dental health, for years to come. To learn more about your options in periodontics, call the Fillmore District office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.
Periodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the supporting and surrounding tissues of your teeth (or their substitutes). The goal of the periodontic services at Grace Dental Group is to maintain the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.
As the name implies, gum disease affects the soft tissues that surround your teeth and it’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss, which makes prevention and early treatment key to preserving your teeth. Gum disease develops when bacteria-harboring plaque builds up under your gumline, where it releases toxins that break down your soft and hard tissues.
There are stages of gum disease, which is progressive, that include:
This is the earliest stage of gum disease and it’s marked by inflamed gums that may bleed regularly.
If your gingivitis goes unchecked, it leads to periodontitis, which means that the bacteria begin to break down the hard and soft tissues behind your gums.
At this stage, the gum disease has led to bone and gum loss, which causes your teeth to loosen. If the damage is irreparable, the team at Grace Dental Group may have to remove the affected teeth.
The good news is that gum disease is highly treatable in the first two stages.
In its earliest stages — gingivitis — the dentists at Grace Dental Group can often reverse your gum disease with a professional cleaning, in which they remove the plaque from under your gums. If your gum disease has led to the formation of pockets beneath your gums, you may benefit from a root planing and scaling procedure, or deep cleaning. During this procedure, your dentist scales your teeth and gums to remove the pockets and then smooths the surfaces of your roots (planing) so that plaque doesn’t build up again.
If your gum disease has progressed, the team at Grace Dental Group may need to remove severely compromised teeth, but, rest assured, they offer plenty of replacement options.
For more information about gum disease and your periodontic solutions, call Grace Dental Group or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.